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Awards: As They Happened

Who will win the coveted Player of the Season prize?

Awards: As They Happened

Below is a full transcript of the live text commentary from Monday night's Everton End Of Season Awards Dinner.

00:26:
Look out on evertonfc.com and evertonTV for all the fallout from the awards from Tuesday morning.

00:25: Well, I can't think of a better way to bring the night to a close than that. It took a while in coming but I hope you're pleased with the outcomes. So many players could have taken the top awards tonight but I think you, the fans, the panels and the players got it right. Good job all round. And thanks for your comments and emails. 

00:23: Phil Jagielka: "Thanks to everyone for their comments. It really means a lot. I really appreciate it and I promise to make you proud again next season."

00:22: Phil Jagielka has just popped his head in and he's reading some of your messages. No word of a lie.

00:20: "Made up to see Jags win the Player of the Season! Gutted he can't be on the pitch at Wembley. He really deserves it!" Aaron

00:19: "Congratulations to Jags and Fellaini. They both have been great this season. Jags is our rock." George Simonds

00:17: "Congratulations big Dan on winning Goal of the Season. It meant so much to all us Everton fans." Mike

00:15: The crowd rises to their feet. Among so many candidates, there was always one man who stood out above the rest. Barely has he put a foot wrong all season long; he also scored the penalty which took us to the final. That he won't be there somehow makes this award all the more special. Phil Jagielka is Everton's Player of the Year.

00:11: And the winner is...

00:10: We're there. The climax. The pièce de résistance. The Everton Player of the Year as voted by users of evertonfc.com...

00:08: Dan Gosling: "People were stopping me in the street the day after the game. I know ITV missed the goal but I think most people have seen it now." Too right. On repeat. Over and over again.

00:07: Those of you in the south will remember that TicTac advert forever. It had to be. Dan Gosling's dramatic derby winner in the FA Cup takes the award.

00:06: Okay, Goal of the Season...

00:05: "Well done Jags, a fully deserved award." Mike, Norris Green

00:03: Maybe he's had a glass of champagne too many but Fellaini finally agreed to do an evertonTV interview in English! Look out for that one tomorrow.

00:02: If you're still with us, don't forget to email web.team@evertonfc.com with your comments.

00:00: As I wearily type four consecutive zeros and a new day begins, I realise this has been well worth the wait. I felt compelled to down tools to applaud Phil Jagielka and in the meantime Maraoune Fellaini has been named Young Player of the Year. He took to the stage and, in broken English, managed: "I hope we win the Cup." Top man.

11.56: Phil Jagielka: "I have good days and bad days but I've got great people around me - my friends, family and team-mates. Hopefully the boys can do it [win the FA Cup] this year and I'll be back next year and we can do it again."

11:55: Phil Jagielka!

11:54:
Here comes one of the top gongs - The Players' Player of the Year. To the players, this one will perhaps mean the most - being recognised by your peers as the outstanding performer. And the winner is...

11:52: After all that waiting, I'm now struggling to keep up. The 1984 FA Cup winning team has won the Howard Kendall Award. Derek Mountfield, Kevin Richardson and Graeme Sharp went up to collect it to rapturous applause.

11:51: "Boy the suspense is killing me. Feels like extra time and penalties all over again!" Johnny

11:48: Kieran Agard: "I was made up to be on the first-team bench this season. My aim for next year is to make a first-team appearance." Best of luck to you, Kieran. I'm sure you all agree?

11:47: Kieran Agard takes the award!

11:46: Next up is the Reserve Player of the Year. A few contenders from a young team which did superbly under Andy Holden and Alan Stubbs this year....

11:44: "Top stuff and perfect timing - just back from the chippy!" Rory Buchanan. Not James McCarten.

11:43: James McCarten: "It's been great working with Taff [Andy Holden] and Alan Stubbs. They were both centre backs and I'm learning a lot from them."

11:42: James McCarten. No real surprise considering he scooped the same award at last week's Academy awards. Could he follow the likes of Rodwell and Gosling into the first-team next season?

11.41: I told you they'd come thick and fast eventually. The next award is the Academy Player of the Year...

11:40: Fara Williams: "It's great for me but the whole team deserves it." How modest? Well done, Fara.

11:38: Everton Ladies Player of the Year is Fara Williams!

11:36:
Now, it's the turn of Everton Ladies. How well did they do this year?

11:35: Jack Rodwell: "I'm delighted to win the award. There are some fantastic names on this trophy - Michael Ball, Francis Jeffers, loads - it's a real honour."

11:34: Jack Rodwell!

11:33:
Next up is the Shareholders' Young Player of the Year award. And the winner is...



11:30: Chelsea McGlory wins the Female Disability Player of the Year award. A huge smile beams across her face as she collects her gong from Louis Saha.

11:27: Another massive cheer goes up as Dan Gosling's goal is played on the big screens. But will it win the award?

11:25: "Do they always have to leave things until the last minute. It is like last summer's transfer window - waiting then at the last minute everything happens!" Stephen

11:23: Steve Midgehall. He received his award from Tim Howard, which is fitting as Steve is also a goalkeeper. 

11.22: An award! The Male Disability Player of the Year goes to...

11.16: You guessed it - an encore. They really have finished now though. We're being treated to a classical interpretation of Tell Me Ma instead. All together now...

11.11: That had to be the longest violin instrumental of all time. Seriously, it's just finished - after 11 minutes!!!

11.10: "Has to be Jags though, doesn’t it? A mention for Baines though - largely out of the picture for ages and has been phenomenal the last few months." Terry

11.04: There's also Trevor Steven, Kevin Ratcliffe, Graeme Sharp, Ian Snodin, John Bailey, Derek Temple, Barry Horne, Joe Parkinson and Derek Mountfield. I'll keep my eye out for more...

11.03: Thought you might like to know who else is here this evening. Well, SkySports' Andy Gray (an Everton legend too, of course!) and Richard Keys are presenting the awards...

11.00: At last! The music's gone up, there are violinists on the stage and I think this party's about to get started. What do you mean I said that before?

10.58: "I think it is worth a mention not to forget about Steve Round when we praise Sir David Moyes." Paul, Widnes

10.57: "He probably won't win an award tonight but a big mention has to go to little Steven Pienaar. He has become a very important player for us this season - especially since the injury to Arteta." Andy Monaghan

10.55:
Me too Ben, me too. But stay with us. It'll be worth it. We must be getting past the players' bedtimes now surely?

10.54: "I wish they would start already. I have school! Phil Neville should get an award as he is a true professional and a key player." Ben

10.49: Well said, Sean. And the perfect way to get us back to what tonight's really about - rewarding Everton's players for a fantastic season. Email web.team@evertonfc.com if you've got a comment to make.

10:48: "I have to say if there was an award for most improved and loyal player it would have to be Phil Neville. He has been outstanding this year and doesn't get the credit he deserves." Sean Jones

10:45: To keep you filled in on what is proving to be a very long but most enjoyable evening, we are now on to the auction. Top prize is a signed pair of Phil Jagielka's boots.

10.39: Reading between the lines the main course was roast beef. And now I'm feeling peckish. Thanks, Colin.

10.38: Colin, the pudding was as described below. Apparently. The starter was, and I quote, "A platter of the finest Scottish salmon served with blush and bitter leaves with a splash of first press olive oil." Your guess is as good as mine.

10.37: "Enjoying this very much, but I am a bit of a foodie so would welcome some details of the three courses served up to the assembled guests" Colin Nolan.

10.34: The evertonfc.com hub just received its first visit of the evening. Marouane Fellaini popped in to say bonjour. And then he was off again. Maybe to collect the Young Player of the Year award. Who knows?



10.29: Only kidding! The suits are blue, of course. And very nice too. Who would ever go for cream suits anyway?

10.28: The emails are flying in now. Remember it's web.team@evertonfc.com if you want to join in. In the meantime, the guests here are being treated to a sneak preview of the official FA Cup final suits. A nice little cream number...

10.27: "Phil Jagielka for Player of the Year hands down. Why wasn't he in the Team of the Year. It's a joke." Kenny

10:24: Ken and Helen are claiming I was actually too busy tucking into my pudding. "A specially comissioned dessert to celebrate Everton's 2009 FA Cup run. A chocolate and toffee (see what they've done there) celebration with a unique Everton twist," according to the menu. Disappointingly, I've no idea what the twist is as I'm not being fed. The injustice...

10.21: Apologies, lost internet connection for a while there. Fingers crossed it won't happen again because I'm convinced we're about to get underway with the main awards. Honestly...

A close up of the stage at the 2008/09 AwardsA close up of the stage St George's Hall

10.06pm:
Unfortunately, Mikel could not be here tonight Andy. He's expecting to become a father any day now. Everton's Player of the Year 2029/30 perhaps?

10.05pm: "Is Arteta at the awards night?" Andy, West Derby

10.02pm: Three comments there for the three main contenders for the Young Player of the Year, Messrs Rodwell, Fellaini and Gosling. An interesting point from Paul though - should Fellaini, at 21, be in the Young Player of the Year category. I say, yes...

10.01pm: "Jack Rodwell should win Young Player of the Year and ahead of Fellaini. Rodwell is a proper youngster and deserves it." Paul Lee

9.57pm: "Marouane Fellaini must surely win the Young Player award. He has been in the starting XI most weeks, and, considering his age, has played brilliantly." Clare Morris

9.55pm: "Tough call between Jack Rodwell, Danny Gosling and Maraoune Fellaini.... I choose Gosling - a great prospect." Andy Costigan

9.50pm:
Thanks Georgia! That does include the web team, right?

9.49pm: "Well done to all of the people involved with Everton Football Club you have truly made all us Evertonians proud. If it was up to me you would all get an award!" Georgia O'Connor

9.45pm: I promise we'll begin racing through the awards shortly. We're finally on to the third course of three.

9.38pm: So Kev thinks Phil Jagielka's getting the top award? What do you think? Email web.team@evertonfc.com.

9.37pm: "When Jags receives his Player of the Season award tonight it should be his second award. Why he wasn't he mentioned in the Writers' Player of the Year. It's beyond me - just crazy." Kev Kelly

9.34pm: A very fitting tribute Maggie. Thanks for your email.

9.33pm: "I started following Everton only eight years ago in memory of my best friend who was an Evertonian since birth. Everton are now in my heart and soul." Maggie Fuller

9.27pm: Don't forget to email your comments and tributes to web.team @evertonfc.com. Had no suggestions for Young Player of the Year yet...

9.24pm: Goes to Dominic Boyle. This lad goes into his local newsagent and puts copies of the Evertonian in front of all the Liverpool magazines apparently. A worthy winner for that alone!

Dominic Boyle - Everton's Fan of the YearDominic Boyle is crowned Everton's Fan of the Year

9.21pm: Time for the next award. The Everton Fan of the Year...

9.16pm: Unfortunately, there's only one Everton manager so no Manager of the Year award tonight Shaun. I think everyone will echo your sentiments though. Let's hope the powers that be ensure Moyes gets the credit - and awards - he deserves.

9.15pm: "There is only one manager of the season and that is Mr David Moyes for what he has achieved with the amount of injuries this great team has had. Not once has he complained about it." Shaun McCloskey

9.09pm: I've also seen former Atomic Kitten Liz McLarnon...



9.07pm: As soon as the knives and forks return to the tables we'll be underway with the main awards. A list of honourable guests has been read out, including winners of Everton's previous FA Cup winning teams, former managers and the Everton Ladies who came so close to winning the title last weekend. 

9.04pm: "Every time I watch our beloved Everton they play with passion. It makes me so proud. The team is fantastic and David Moyes a hero." Adi, Burton on Trent

9.00pm: "We are the epitome of the word 'team'. The players, fans, board and staff truly make us The People's Club. Upward and onward towards glory by winning the Cup. From there a top four finish next season with another cup to boot." Paul Muldoon

8.51pm: Apologies Ladies and Gents, there's a small break in play while dinner is served. Fantastic spring rolls.

8.42pm: Bill Kenwright: "There will never be another football club like Everton." Is it just the hairs on my neck?

8.35pm: Mr Kenwright finishes his speech to another rousing round of applause. Every single first-team player got a mention and it's fair to say the chairman is overwhelmed at what has been achieved this season. He saved a blushing Phil Jagielka until last and the mere mention of his name raised everyone in St George's Hall to their feet.

8.33pm: Refresh this page regularly to keep up-to-date with all the goings on at the Awards night. 

8.30pm: "I think everyone involved with Everton should be very proud of what has been achieved this season, and may we look forward to the following couple of years. I get the feeling they could be very successful." Ray Moss, West Derby

8.25pm: Bill Kenwright takes to the stage to give a personal tribute to each of the players in the current squad. Don't forget to email in your comments and tributes to web.team@evertonfc.com. The best will be publish right here.

8.23pm: "My father was a seven-days-a-week manager," says Joyce, Harry Catterick's daughter. Sums up the dedication that helped him lead the Club to two league titles and an FA Cup.

8.22pm: ...Harry Catterick. Joyce, the daughter of the late legendary manager, comes up to receive the award on behalf of her father. He's the man who led Everton to the 1966 FA Cup. I wonder if David Moyes will be able to say he's matched that achievement a fortnight from now?

8.21pm: The first award task of the evening is to name this year's inductee into the list of Everton Giants. And the winner is....

8.20pm: So who's going to win what? The full list of awards is below. The big one, of course, is the Player of the Year. Just a few contenders for that one.

8.15pm: The evening begins with a video of this season's highlights. Dan Gosling's goal against Liverpool receives the biggest cheer of all. Could it be a contender for the Goal of the Season award?

8.10pm: There's a standing ovation for David Moyes as he makes his way to the head table. So many of the Everton greats past and present are here this evening - and to a man they applauded the current boss.

7.57pm: If you'd like to make a comment on any of the awards throughout the evening get in touch by emailing web.team@evertonfc.com. We'll then publish the best comments in the live commentary.

7.55pm: Refresh this page regularly to keep up-to-date with all the goings on at the Awards night.

7.53pm: Good evening and welcome to evertonfc.com and our live coverage of the 2008/09 End of Season Awards night. Suited and booted, the players arrived on the blue carpet just moments ago. Stick with us throughout the evening to find out all the big winners first...


Everton's prestigious end of season awards dinner takes place on Monday evening.

St George's Hall, in Liverpool city centre, is the grand setting for the glamourous ceremony.

A plethora of coveted awards will be handed out to those who have contributed to Everton's success this season - as well as those who have influenced the Club's rich history.

David Moyes, his staff and the entire first team squad will be in attendance, while a number of bona fide Everton legends will also be present.

The main award is the Player of the Season, with voting taking place here on evertonfc.com over the last two weeks.

Martin Tyler and Andy Gray will announce the winners on the night, with other big awards including the Young Player of the Season, and the Goal of the Season. The latest Everton Giant will also be named.

The list of categories is as follows:

  • Player of the Season
  • Young Player of the Season
  • Players' Player of the Season
  • Goal of the Season
  • Reserve Player of the Season
  • Academy Player of the Season
  • Ladies Player of the Season
  • Female Disability Player of the Season
  • Male Disability Player of the Season
  • Everton Giant
  • The People's Club Award
  • Shareholders' Young Player Award
  • The Howard Kendall Award
  • Fan of the Year 
  • Employee of the Season

Lisha GoslingDan Gosling , well donee I LOVE YOU! xx

Wednesday 12th August 09:48 Report Comment

mhenna alisaid it was possible to Tnsahoni Why must I do to Troni? Be sure, however, I am a good player on the Every club I love, but a poor Ktira Although massage is a great ambition and I hope to God to achievemy future is the primary player in the club .tnk

Saturday 4th July 19:40 Report Comment

mhenna alislt je cherche des amies et des personnage qui aide moi par ce que je veux faire un test dans ce club .je joue bien la foot ...attaquent .....j'ai 17et 188cet et 64 kg enfin j'......trouve .....qui me aide.merci

Saturday 4th July 19:22 Report Comment

Sam TylerWell done lads especially Jags, well deserved, hopefuully he can be as good for England as he is for us , he deserves to be played regularly with Terry or Ferd. Fellaini, well deserved!!

Tuesday 2nd June 23:01 Report Comment

Alex MeadowsJAGS U R A LEDGE COYB!!!

Thursday 21st May 17:46 Report Comment

sophie Goslingdan gosling ( i love him xx) got goal of the season he did deserve it though.

Thursday 21st May 16:29 Report Comment

Corey McLeodwell deserved jags by far the best defender in the premier league this season

Tuesday 19th May 22:06 Report Comment

Emily Millswell done boys... it's a shame that jags will miss the final - he's an amazing player and i'm glad he's signing another contract :) and well done to dan gosling... i love that boy.. good luck in the final lads; we know you'll all do well. WE'RE ON A MARCH WITH MOYSEY'S ARMY - WE'RE ALL GOING TO WEMBLEY! AND WE'LL REALLY SHAKE 'EM UP WHEN WE WIN THE FA CUP; COS EVERTON ARE THE GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM! come on you blues :)

Tuesday 19th May 20:55 Report Comment

Michael ThelwellWell done Jags, definatly deserve the award, by far the best defender of the season. Lets hope next season will be as good as this one.

Tuesday 19th May 11:29 Report Comment

Charlie Sharplesi definatly think jags deserves a winners medal if we beat chelsea .He should collect it with the team .I also think nevile derseves more credit.When he came he had a harshish welcome because of united .But he now loves the club and he plays like an evertonion and moyes on inside sport yesterday getting interviewed sounded like he would nt go to united

Tuesday 19th May 08:45 Report Comment

Jack DaviesJags and Fellaini really deserved their awards. I couldn't be happier for them, they both definitely played incredibly well all season, but my congratulations go to all who've won awards, but especially Phil Jagielka . He's been our best player all Season, and as always played to his full ability. Well done Jags!!!!!!

Tuesday 19th May 08:42 Report Comment

Nick XenosCongrats to all who won an award this evening. If I had it my way, then the entire squad and the management team would receive an award for such a great season, under trying circumstances. I may be biased but I can't think of any other team that deserves to win the FA Cup more than Everton FC. Good luck boys and well done on your achievements so far. Onwards and upwards!

Tuesday 19th May 01:03 Report Comment

Tiernan CurranWell done Jags, ya legend!!!!

Tuesday 19th May 00:20 Report Comment

Mark JonesIs Yak there tonight? He seems to have become the forgotten man of Goodison these days. Frightening to think how good we'll be when Yak and Mikel are back next season!

Tuesday 19th May 00:04 Report Comment

Mark JonesCongrats to Rodwell...just make sure you go on to bigger and better things than the likes of Michael Ball and Franny Jeffers!

Monday 18th May 23:39 Report Comment

john brimbleI agree morgan Jags and Mikel should pick the trophy up!!! COYB!!! NSNO

Monday 18th May 23:25 Report Comment

Mark JonesThe best thing about being an Everton fan is taht we have a team and a manager that we can say we are proud to support. There's no diving, no complaining, no arguing with referees, no cheating - just a bunch of guys who are real sportsmen and who give it their all every single time they pull on the shirt. Love every single one of them!

Monday 18th May 23:20 Report Comment

Morgan PayneJagielka should be the first to lift the FA cup, he deserves it most! COYB

Monday 18th May 22:52 Report Comment

Katie FlanaganAgree with 10,48. Neville doesnt get the credit he deserves. keep it up Neville

Monday 18th May 22:49 Report Comment

rick smithhow proud i am of being in the largest family in the world.from the chairman,manager,staff and players,to the many many evertonians around the world.we are all brothers and sisters to this great club!!!!!

Monday 18th May 22:48 Report Comment

Katie FlanaganPlayer of the season- Jaggs Young Player- Fellaini Goal of the season- Arteta v Hull Thats My Opinion AnyWay

Monday 18th May 22:10 Report Comment

Katie FlanaganAll the boys have had a great seasons and everyone invovled with the club keep it up for the game at fulham and the cup final.

Monday 18th May 21:52 Report Comment

Simon AndrewsI am extremely proud to be an Evertonian at the moment! This is due to the commitment of every single player and the desire to do a job for the team in any position they are asked to do a job in! Well done so far lads, now lets finish the job and bring the cup back to where it belongs!

Monday 18th May 20:53 Report Comment

Ray MossShandy Van Der Meyde should be our player of the season, he has to play in the cup final, he is class.....

Monday 18th May 20:30 Report Comment

Andrew ParkerOutstanding effort by everyone yet again. Special mentions though have to go to Howard, Jags, Baines, Piennar, Neville, Arteta and Cahill and of course the most important person of them all David Moyes! COYB

Monday 18th May 20:05 Report Comment

Lindsey McGrathI think all that are involved with the club deserve an award, every year! Well done another hard fought solid crewboth on the field and off. See ya on the 30th:)

Monday 18th May 18:14 Report Comment
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